Faculty Profiles

Erin Heisel

Visiting Assistant Professor

Performing Arts Center Room 207

General Information



Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance and Composition, New York University (2013)

Master of Music, Vocal Performance, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2002)

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, cum laude, Highest Honors in Music, Butler University (1999)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Yoga YTT-200, The American Yoga Academy

Meditation Teacher Training/Compassion Teacher Training, The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Soprano Erin Heisel’s performances have been described as “brave, vivid” (The New York Times) and “clear, flute-like…beautiful” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, MA). In New York City, she has performed at the Cornelia Street Café with the Composer’s Collaborative series “Serial Underground,” on the “Friends and Enemies of New Music” series with composer David Del Tredici at the piano, at The Tank, The Galapagos Artspace, The Secret Theatre, The Stone, and at the Brooklyn Library and the Brooklyn Museum in concerts sponsored by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She has performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA), the Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, the Lisa Leizman Dance Company, the Downtown Sinfonietta in White Plains, NY, and with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juveníl in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Other international performances include a recital at the Theatrum Kuks Baroque Festival in the Czech Republic, concerts at venues around South Africa, and a program of American song at the Official Residence of the American Ambassador in Bratislava, Slovakia. Heisel is the voice of the vampire in Ronen Shai's animated opera Todd and the Vampire and was part of the Public Art Fund's installation of Tino Sehgal's This You in New York City's City Hall Park, which ran for three months in summer, 2016. She sang the US premiere of Rainer Gahl's Marx Punk opera in 2018 and performed the piece again at the Montez Press Radio space in NYC in early 2019.

Also interested in physical theatre and movement improvisation, Heisel has performed and written a variety of experimental theatre pieces. Her piece Transformations, with music by John Cage, premiered at The Tank in New York City and extended versions have been performed at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Her theatre piece based on the work of Henry David Thoreau and John Cage, Let Us Spend One Day As Deliberately As Nature, premiered in a workshop in North Carolina and an extended, multimedia version of the piece entitled One Deliberate Day was produced as part of New York University's experimental music summer program IMPACT in summer, 2015. She was also seen as a Rat Captain in the world premiere staging of John Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Heisel performed modern dance and sang in “inner voice,” music by Samuel Barber, in the Master’s Dance Concert at New York University and was part of Mother is Breath, a physical theatre piece performed in the Women’s Project of the Ethno-Cultural Theatre Forum. Related to her work in movement and her interests  in mindfulness, Heisel completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at The American Yoga Academy and certification in Compassion Teacher Training/Meditation at the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. She currently teaches workshops in mindfulness and creative movement at the Brooklyn Public Library.


Heisel studied voice with Janet Canada Fritsch, Steven Stolen, Jon Humphrey, Oren Brown, and Dr. Robert C. White, Jr. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Butler University, a Master’s in voice from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in Music Performance and Composition (Voice) from New York University with research in Johan Huizinga's theory of play and the work of professional musicians. She has completed additional graduate work in Interdisciplinary Studies-Psychology and the Arts  at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University and she currently teaches at Adelphi University.



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